Parties and Festivals

Bullfighting festivities must be safe for everyone

The Sanfermines festivities in Pamplona are known worldwide for their nightlife, the “peñas” and the bullfights. But they are not so well-known for the feminist movement and activists who attend those parties to make visible and denounce sexual violence. Everything started in 2008, when Nagore Laffe, a nursing student was killed by José Diego Yllanes as she was refusing to have sex with him.

Back then, collectives and feminist movements attempted to campaign for authorities and organisers to implement new policies to increase women safety at such festivities. But the issue literally burst into flames in 2016 with la ‘Manada Affair’ — where at the same “peñas” a group of 5 men, including a member of the Civil Guard raped a 18 year-old women — throughout Pamplona and the entire Spain.

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